IDI Graduate Interview – Derek Lawrie, BA (Hons) Graphic Design
When I was younger I never really had
the opportunity to to go from school to university, I had to go straight into work for various reasons,
so, it was nice to have that opportunity later on in my
career to actually go back and do something that I had always wanted to do. At IDI, I did a lot of investigation online and IDI certainly seemed to provide the best format of education for somebody that’s in in full time employment. You can study anywhere and at any time soon so, you know, you can just wherever you are you can pick it up
and do little bits and pieces ’cause it’s not all huge projects
that you have to do, you know, there’s little bits of research and stuff that
you could be doing while you’ve got a spare hour or so and also with the affiliation to the university it’s it’s a well recognised and well respected qualification as well.
What studying with IDI has given me is the ability to, to take a brief and look behind the brief through the research that’s done, come up with several ideas
and develop different areas to find out which one actually suits
the project the best and is going to provide the best outcomes.
I’m a graphic designer for the NHS, so we provide all the resources to educate NHS staff so it’s a huge range of things that we do. I found using the forums to be really useful in terms of getting peer feedback,
’cause sometimes you can be a little too close a project when
you’re working on it yourself and it’s always good to have other people inputting and some people coming up with ideas that you had never thought of and it’s another way that you can another road that you can go down to develop,
inspiration from people that you wouldn’t normally work with, you know, if you work in a
design team you’re working with the same people all the time, but I mean we’re talking about getting inspiration from people on the other side of the world who have totally different cultures
and different ways of looking at things, different
design styles the IDI tutors I found were great. My initial concern and this is why I did a lot of research
and looked at a lot of feedback, my initial concern when you’re studying remotely, is that, “Is there any back-up there?” you know, if I have a question or a problem,
is it going to be answered? and but I found they were, every single tutor that I had was really quick to get back
and also get back with some really useful information.
I was extremely lucky that my employer supported me financially. That being said, had I had to put anything in, I still would have because
I think it’s something that’s worth doing, but I was in the fortunate position that my employer did cover that. I think the main thing for it is just to go with it and enjoy it. This is the opportunity to do something that that really nobody’s going to judge you on in terms of being a client, so you can,
you have, like, an open portfolio to do absolutely anything you want, try things that might not work, see if they work ’cause this is the forum that you can,
you can get away with it, and you can also get help if you’re going down that road
and you’re thinking this isn’t going to work you’ll get help and advice that’ll bring it back in and it will work, but so I think it’s all
about, just use it to to really develop your skills and express your personality.